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Buildings able to contend with floods

GLOBAL warming is on the increase and with it comes worse flooding, warns the Traditional Housing Bureau.

According to the THB, to withstand the ever-harsher elements, a robust building method is needed and the Bureau believes that brick and block are the most proven and tolerant building materials around, having withstood the harsh climate of Britain for generations.

One traditional way of coping with the effects of a flood is to build using robust masonry walls, which have been finished internally with render and skim, or tiling.

This offers better resistance to flood damage than plasterboard on studs, which can not only suffer greater material damage but also construction damage to vapour barriers.

For a copy of THB’s Home Life publication, call 01372 371800, or www.housebuilder.com

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